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Five Minutes with Norman Begley (Namibia)

Norman Begley will be tattooing with us from 13th August - 25th August 2018. We asked him a few questions ...

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Five Minutes with Norman Begley (Namibia)

Norman Begley will be tattooing with us from 13th August - 25th August 2018. We asked him a few questions to find out more about his art and journey. To book with Norman email tam@fallenheroes.co.za 

 

How did you get into tattooing? 

 

I’ve always wanted to be an artist as long as I can remember, I was a teenager in the early 90’s and came across a tatty and damaged issue of Skin Deep Magazine at a local CNA. I admit I nicked the magazine (I mean who’s gonna pay for a damaged magazine, right?) but its pages changed my life and my view on art. From that point on I swore I’d become a tattoo artist. Sadly in Namibia we didn’t have much in the way of proper tattoo artists, so I ended up as a graphic designer for a long while. I got my first big chance when I was about 32 and have never looked back.

 

What is your preferred style? 

 

This is a really tough one to answer. Since there aren’t many proper tattoo studios here in Namibia, I end up doing pretty much every style. I do prefer doing stuff in my own art style, a sort of mash-up of Japanese, Neo-Traditonal and comic art in either colour or black and grey. I also really enjoy tattooing sketch/water colour as well as black and grey animal portraits. I will admit that I am not at all fond of any tribal work, though I still get asked to do it.

 

Where do you tattoo from? 

 

I tattoo out of my own Studio, Imaginarium Inkworks in Windhoek, Namibia. It’s it’s not the biggest or flashiest studio by far, but its cosy and comfortable and very sterile. Our clients regularly thank and compliment us for a fun tattoo experience.

 

What are you listening to at the moment? 

 

I always say the my playlist ranges from Awesome to W.T.F! So you’ll often hear a bit of everything from Classical to industrial, metal, gothic, darkwave and even some dodgy 80’s synth pop. At the moment I’m enjoying Myrkur (Black metal), Angerfist (Dutch Hardstyle) and Noisuf-X (Aggrotech)

 

Who and what inspires you? 

 

There are so many people that inspire me it’s impossible to say…. I am partial to the work of Hieronymus Bosch and H.R. Giger to name a few. Sci-Fi, Fantasy and all forms of animation are like my daily bread and butter, and I often get ideas while playing a game or watching a good movie. I’m a visual guy so anything that’s worth looking at more than once is a form of inspiration.